Our mission is to promote a community where undocumented students can thrive academically, personally, professionally through program advising, mentoring and workshops. We will partner with other departments at the University of Texas to promote a positive and welcoming environment for all students.
Our staff is committed to providing these services with the utmost confidentially to protect student’s identification. We will be allies who help raise awareness and advocate for the academic rights of undocumented students at the University of Texas at Austin. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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- Access textbooks every semester through a textbook lending library
- Laptop, iClickers, and other resources (calculators, blue books, etc.) will be available to you through a technology lending library.
- Access to Free unlimited tutoring and printing with the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence
- Staff members serve as a liaison and resource on campus
- Access to an easy-to-understand FAQ listing of university policies and application resources for prospective and admitted students
- An upper-class mentor will provide support during your first-year transition
- We offer personal workshops and host socials for our current members
- Mental wellness workshops and trainings in partnership with Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)
- Get help paying for CMHC visits, filing FAFSA/TAFSA, and connect with our current members
- Access a consortium of university units to address common issues experienced by undocumented students across campus
- Learn about undocufriendly companies where you can seek internship opportunities.
- Participate in professional development workshops with undocumented professionals in the Austin community
- Travel to leadership or research conferences, attend on-campus networking events, and attend PD workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I still study abroad even though I am undocumented/DACA-mented?
- Why am I marked as an International Texas Resident?
- Where can I meet other students that are in similar situations as I am?
- Where can I find scholarships that are tailored for students like me?
- How do I tell interviewers of any job restrictions or of certain job permits?
- Where can I go to understand all the acronyms (for example all the visas and other vocabularies)?
- I have some questions regarding the paper FAFSA/TAFSA. Where do I go for help?
Can I still study abroad even though I am undocumented/DACA-mented?
- If you are DACA-mented, yes! There is a process called Advance Parole. Texas Global (formerly International Office) has great information on this and can help guide you every step of the way.
Why am I marked as an International Texas Resident?
- Anyone who is not a US resident or citizen is automatically marked as international.
Where can I meet other students that are in similar situations as I am?
- There is a great student-org called University Leadership Initiative that does great work with the undocumented community.
- Plus, there are over 1,300 student organizations to choose from!
- Monarch has a mentoring student organization focused on assisting Central Texas undocumented high school students. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I find scholarships that are tailored for students like me?
- Visit the International Office Dreamers Project Website and/or the Monarch Student Program Office for additional opportunities. Below are a few national scholarship lists:
How do I tell interviewers of any job restrictions or of certain job permits?
- The Texas Recruitment & Interviewing Services (TRIS) is an excellent on-campus resource located in SSB 4.102. Their office has created an online resource guide to help students find career and internship opportunities.
Where can I go to understand all the acronyms (for example all the visas and other vocabularies)?
- DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is not a pathway to citizenship but it allows a student to work, study abroad, have a driver’s license, etc. This must be renewed every two years.
- HB 1403 – House Bill 1403 is sometimes used to refer to undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition if they are TX residents.
- SB 1528 – State Bill 1528 is an amendment to HB 1403 which allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition if they are TX residents.